Govt Decides To Open Jammu Schools From Feb 1

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered physical opening of all educational institutions including recognized private schools in a staggered manner for academic activities, first time after March last.

As per an order issued by the school education department, the educational institutes in the summer zone areas of Jammu division shall open for Class 9th to 12th from February 1.

Similarly, in case of elementary classes, the teachers have been asked to attend from February 1 for preparation and students have been asked to attend physically from February 8.

In case of schools in Kashmir Valley and Winter Zone areas of Jammu Division, the orders said that they will open as per their schedule.

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) shall be followed in letter and spirit in addition to suggestions of District Disaster Management Authorities.

The students can sit almost 2 metres apart from each other. In case of non-availability of such space, staggered schedule and Shift Timings and student rotation can be an option, it said.

“All students and Teachers should wear masks,” the order, reads, adding, “Hand washing points with proper soap should be made available for the students and teachers. Everybody should wash their hands frequently maintaining proper physical distance.”

In case of absence of washing stations, it said, hand sanitizers of standard prescribed by Government be used as hand rub (for staff and older)

“Touching of surfaces by the students and teachers in and around the area of the school should be prohibited,” it said, adding, “Disinfecting, sanitizing and cleaning the Learning spaces & surfaces in convergence with the concerned department and local volunteers should be a daily affair.” (GNS)

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